Paige’s in-ring career with WWE is over, as first reported by PWInsider on Friday afternoon. Paige, who missed most of last year with a serious neck injury, re-injured her neck at a WWE house show in New York on Dec. 28.
In the match, Paige took an awkward dropkick from Sasha Banks and reportedly suffered a stinger. However, WWE doctors informed her this past Monday at WWE’s Monday Night Raw television taping that she would not be medically cleared for an in-ring return. PWInsider compared the situation to that of Edge, who was also forced to retire as an active wrestler due to a neck injury.
Paige is just 25 years old, though. She originally had neck surgery in late 2016 before recently returning to the ring. In the match where she suffered the final injury (it was a six-man tag team match), Paige took a kick in the back and fell to the mat, not getting up. The match was stopped and Paige needed assistance to get back to the locker room.
It remains to be seen how much time is left on her WWE contract.
While it’s possible she tries to resume her career in the ring — her family owns a promotion in the U.K. — it would seem wise to be cautious with this type of injury. Edge was on record in interviews saying that doctors told him one wrong move could result in permanent paralysis.
It’s also possible her career with WWE is not yet over. Corey Graves, who is WWE’s top color commentator, was forced to retire early from NXT due to concussions.
In any event, we wish Paige a speedy recovery.